Posted by: rbbadger | April 14, 2009

The Lamb

Sir John Tavener, a British composer, has attracted quite a following in his native country and elsewhere.  He draws a great deal of inspiration from the Orthodox faith to which he converted in 1977.  He utilises the modal scales and chants of the Greek Orthodox Church in his work.  This short piece, entitled The Lamb, takes its text from a poem by William Blake.  Enjoy!

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?

Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee,
Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and he is mild;
He became a little child.
I, a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by his name.
Little lamb, God bless thee!



  1. I’m glad you posted the words to that song. I could never make them out.

  2. Very nice! This reminds me of being in music theory class where one of the girls was so frustrated by all the rules of composition and whatnot. Her argument was that people break the rules anyway, so why to do we have to learn them. The teacher told us you have to understand all the rules before you can break them. I think he was right. This song seems to have some broken rules, but not without understanding. 🙂 I liked it. I like that these rules can be broken.

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